Ladies and Gentlemen, we give you Brinsley Schwarz. Founding fathers of public house rock music (to give it its full name). The primeval soup from which emerged Nick Lowe, Ian Gomm and The Rumour. But also so much more.
A few years ago I picked up their first five albums in a box set for about £10, but have only recently got round to listening to them all properly. I wouldn't say any of them are "must haves" to be honest, but there is an excellent compilation waiting to be made.
Because I'm a nice man I've got one track from each album for you, in chronological order. We start with their eponymous debut from 1970 and then follow it with "Despite It All" (1970), "Silver Pistol" (1972), "Nervous On The Road" (1972) and "Please Don't Ever Change" (1973).
"Hymn To Me" - Brinsley Schwarz
"The Slow One" - Brinsley Schwarz
"The Last Time I Was Fooled" - Brinsley Schwarz
"Surrender To The Rhythm" - Brinsley Schwarz
"Hooked On Love" - Brinsley Schwarz
Brinsley Schwarz the man and Brinsley Schwarz the band are two of my three favourite Brinsleys. The other? Brinsley Forde of Aswad of course.